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Ramadan 5, 1432/August 16, 2010 # 32
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Verses of the Week
"(Their plight will be) no better than that of the people of
Pharoah, and their predecessors; they denied our Signs, and
Allah called them to account for their sins. For Allah is
strict in punishment. Say to those who reject Faith:
"Soon will ye be vanquished and gathered together to Hell
-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)! There has already been
for you a Sign in the two armies that met (in combat): One
was fighting for the Cause of Allah, the other resisting
Allah; these saw with their own eyes twice their number. But
Allah does support with His aid whom He pleases. In this is
a lesson for such as have eyes to see."
-Holy Qur'an 3:11-13
Submitted by Sis. Abigail
Ed. Note: The verses refer to the battle of Badr which took
place in Ramadan. Poorly armed but highly motivated, 313
Muslims led by the Prophet, pbuh, defeated a force of
oppressors three times larger and heavily armed. For
relevance, see the poorly armed Iraqis and Afghans and
Pakistanis and Somalis who have brought hugely "superior"
militaries to the edge of defeat.
Ramadan is the anniversary of Ayesha, r.a., the daughter of
Abu Bakr, r.a., and the beloved wife of the Prophet
Muhammad, pbuh. There has been a spate of abusive attacks on
Ayesha, r.a., by Zionists, extreme right wingers, "Muslim"
Pervezi anti-Hadith sectarians and Shi'ite sectarians. The
purpose of the attacks in some cases seems to be to show
that Islam does not have women leaders.
Scroll all the way down
for our rebuttal of the attacks on Ayesha, r.a., in our
Hadith Studies section.
New Trend, are we good or what? Immediately after our
analyis of the purpose behind the mosque at ground zero, the
US State Deparment announced that it is sending the "imam"
of the mosque to the Middle East to tell Muslims how much
the US loves Islam. On August 13, President Obama came out
strongly and clearly in favor of the multi-million dollar
mosque (more correctly masjde zirar).
New Trend is ahead of the curve!
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the first ad, please go to our site and click on LINKS.
Ramadan: By Qur'an and Sunnah or by ISNA/Saudi Dates?
A large number of Muslims in North America started Ramadan
fasting on August 11, 2010, not because Ramadan moon was
seen but because ISNA fixed the date weeks ago.
Do you know ISNA has abandoned the Qur'an's command, and
Prophet (pbuh) Sunnah to start Ramadan by moon-sighting?
ISNA Fiqh Council bid'ah of forcing Saudi dates on the
Muslims in North America has blinded the Muslims to the fact
that the Muslims always started Ramadan and prayed Eidain
after sighting a Hilal. See the Islamicmoon web site on how
Saudis violate the Quran and the Sunnah.
-Dr. Omar Afzal
Ithaca, New York
A distinguished Muslim scientist in Chicago says that ICNA
leader Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah's book in support of
"calculation" for Ramadan, as opposed to the Sunnah of
actual moon sighting, is unsound and misleading and must be
Please scroll all the way down.
Under Community Issues, we have an interview with Br. Yusuf
(Baltimore) on his job refusing to let him keep a beard.
Scroll way down please.
Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora theme
"Zionism is a form of racism" concluded world famous
mathematician Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz
during his scholarly
discourse when he addressed Jamaat al-Muslimeen's mini
Unite Against Zionism
"Zionism is racism" was the truth spoken by Imam Jamil
Abdullah al-Amin for years before he was arrested. (Narrated
by Imam Khalil Abdur Rahman to Jamaat al-Muslimeen's
Unite Against Zionism: Latest Book Uncovers Israeli War
Crimes & Israeli Agents.
War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America
by James Petras. 132 pages, 26 photos. copyright 2010 (just
Order from: Clarity Press, #469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE,
Atlanta, GA 30305
New Trend strongly recommends this book. It is a valuable
contribution towards understanding why Obama is helpless in
the hands of America's Israel lobby.
Unite Against Zionism: an Yahoo News article submitted by Br. Richard, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Zionism is Racism
An Israeli attacked numerous Black people, allegedly killing
five of them, and then tried to flee to Israel. He is an
Israeli of "Christian" Arab background but seems infected
with Zionist racism. An Israeli Jew is his lawyer.
Associated Press reported:
"August 11: Elias Abuelazam 33-year-old was arrested in
Atlanta as he prepared to board a flight to Tel Aviv. He
grew up nearby, in a small Arab Christian community in the
Israeli town of Ramle.
He is a suspect in a total of 18 attacks. The first 14
occurred in and around Flint in Michigan's Genesee County
beginning May 24 and ending early this month. They were
followed by two knifings and a hammer attack in Leesburg,
Va., and a stabbing in Toledo, Ohio.
Also August 14, a lawyer in Abuelazam's hometown of Ramle in
Israel, Giora Zilbershtein said he will work with an
attorney hired to represent Abuelazam in the United
The media had been giving extensive coverage to the attacks
but as soon as they discovered that the perpetrator was an
Israeli and had been caught trying to flee to Israel, the
media coverage ended abruptly.
Unite Against Zionism
Who is a Zionist? Jamaat al-Muslimeen shoora Explains.
Anyone who believes that Israel is a legitimate entity is a
Thus we have Jewish Zionists, Christian Zionists and even
Muslim Zionists such as the 4 letter organizations whose
bosses hobnob with Rabbis and hold interfaith meetings with
Jews who think Israel is legitimate.
Unite Against Zionism
Protest Against the Burning of the Qur'an
By Yusuf El-Irelandi (Jamaat al-Muslimeen Tennessee)
This cause now has 2,509 members on Facebook.
Their mission: To protest against the event of a
denominational church in Gainesville, Florida, which plans
to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the 9th
anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
(To join the cause, go to Facebook. Under causes, search for
"Protest against burning of Qur'an.")
Friday Khutba by Pakistani leader Syed Munawar Hasan
Devastating Floods in Pakistan being Used as Cover by Regime
for the Treachery of Recognizing Israel
August 13, 2010. Jamaate Islami's top leader Syed Munawar
Hasan addressed a Friday prayer gathering of tens of
thousands of worshippers in Mansoorah in Lahore. He urged
Pakistani's to go all-out to help the flood affected people.
He said that Jamaate Islami and charitable organizations
like Al-Khidmat are in the forefront of the struggle to help
the victims of the floods. He said that twenty million
people have been affected. The flood waters, after
devastating the Northern areas, have now inundated vast
regions in Sind and Punjab.
While the nation is struggling to help its people, the
Government has committed an act of serious treachery by
trying to recognize Israel. The Government seems to be
under the impression, he said that the people are so
diverted by the disaster that they will not notice the
latest plan to recognize Israel. In this connection, he
said, the foreign ministry has set up a camp in Tel Aviv.
Such moves ignore the fact, he said that the Pakistani
people will not tolerate any recognition of Israel and there
will be a strong response to defeat this move.
Syed Munawar Hasan hailed Turkey's move against Israel and
urged the Pakistani rulers to learn a lesson from Turkey,
which had close relations with Israel, but is steadily
moving away from it. The Jamaat leader said that Israel is
the source of evil in the world today, and no excuse can be
accepted to try and recognize it as a legitimate entity.
Dr. Kaukab Siddique's Radio Interview
Allah is Changing Pakistan Thru Floods: Terms like
"extremists" cut American people off from the Pakistani
On August 14th, Dr. Kaukab Siddique was interviewed by Dr.
Wilmer Leon on the "On with Leon Show", one of the most
prestigious independent radio programs in America. Dr. Leon
questioned him about the situation in Pakistan and read to
him American reports that indicate that Muslim "extremists"
may make gains in flood devastated areas.
Dr. Siddique said that terms like "extremists" create an
opaque medium of non-understanding between Americans and
Pakistanis. Only a couple of days back, BBC reported that
"extremists" from Jamat Ud-Dawa are doing extensive work in
the flood devastated areas and in one local spot alone, they
are cooking three-thousand meals every day for the starving
people. Dr. Siddique said these activities should be
praised as being the work of good Muslims who care for
humanity and not be dismissed as an extremist threat. He
said Jamaate Islami is doing similar great work to help the
people and this too has been ignored by the US media which
is focusing on the spotty and limited relief work of the
The army in fact has failed so miserably, he said, that one
thousand US Marines are now in Pakistan with their
helicopters trying to do what the Pakistani army should have
done.US drones have been killing Pakistanis, he said. In
drone attacks, the US claims to have killed a very few
suspected al-Qaida leaders but in the process has
slaughtered more than 700 Pakistanis, he added. This is
state terrorism against Muslims, Dr. Siddique concluded.
In the meantime, the Pakistani President has been touring
Europe and having fun at the expense of the Pakistani
people. The British media taunted him as being "Mr. Ten
Percent", but he still did not feel ashamed. He did not go,
Dr. Siddique said, to the flood affected areas until after
two weeks, and that was by plane.
Dr. Siddique painted the Pakistani ruling class as extremely
corrupt and blamed it for waging war against its own people
in the North. This flood, he said, may be a metaphor for
the cleansing of a corrupt nation by Allah Almighty.
(Dr. Leon compared the Pakistani situation and what
President Zardari is doing to Katrina, when the hurricane
affected people of New Orleans were abandoned by President
Is Islam Winning Globally or Losing? What does the Future
Hold for the Muslim World?
By Kaukab Siddique
One way of looking at the confrontation between Islam and
the West is that of surface level analysis based on a
conventional view of the world. Here are the facts which
produce a sense of doom and gloom among Muslim immigrants
and westernized Muslim intellectuals.
1. In just about every country in the Muslim world,
dictators have been installed who are not interested in
Islam as a dynamic force for social transformation. They are
known for the brutality and ruthlessness with which they
treat Muslim activists. [The exception is Iran but Iran has
a nationalist, sectarian, regime which is helping the USA in
the areas of conflict.]
2. Israel has been planted in the heartland of Islam and
is funded and armed by the US, Germany and International
3. Global westernization and the consumerist deluge has
overtaken the Muslim world.
4. Muslims elites or their children have moved to the
West in such large numbers that Muslim countries are
suffering from the stereotypical "brain drain."
5. The armies of Muslim countries are willing to crush
the masses of their own people at the slightest signs of
rebellion against the West. The assault on the Red
Mosque-Jamia Hafsa in Pakistan, the destruction of the
entire city of Hamah in Syria and military raids into
hundreds of mosques in Egypt are symbolic of the military
attitude towards Islamic uprisings. The destruction of
Islamic communities in Algeria is seldom discussed but is a
chilling reminder that militaries aligned with the West will
not hesitate to commit genocide against their own
6. The US and NATO are in military occupation of Iraq and
Afghanistan and are supporting anti-Islam cliques in Somalia
In these circumstances, what hope, if any, can there be for
a future based on Islam?
Here is why the surface level facts conceal the reality of
the Muslim world.
* The 20th century of the Christian era opened with most of
the world under western colonial rule. Muslim nations were
easily ruled by the Europeans because they no longer
followed the teachings of Islam [other than in a formal
sense]. Their Islam had become a private religion and they
were divided into principalities and petty states, each
fighting the other before they were taken over by western
powers. The British dominion over India was kept in place by
only 200 British officers and their Indian mercenaries in
the tens of thousands. [South Africa suffered a similar fate
when a relatively few White men implemented Apartheid with
the help of their Black mercenaries.]
* The taint of colonial rule has vitiated the minds of
"Muslims" who were chosen by the westerners to rule after
they themselves left. There are ruling cliques in every
Muslim country who think like the European colonial rulers.
Malcolm X called it "thinking White."
The colonial hegemony was accompanied by brutal suppression
of Muslim resistance. The British arbitrarily blew apart
hundreds of Muslims after tying them to the muzzles of their
artillery following the 1857 uprising in India. Thousands of
others were hanged by the sides of city streets. Thus a
modicum of terror was made real to the general population
while select members of the Indian elite were pampered and
honored by the British.
The power of European colonialism was greatly weakened by
the terrible blows struck by Adolf Hitler during the Second
World War. Britain had to bring in Indian troops to fight
against Germany. France used North Africans. The colonial
edifice started cracking although Hitler went down, defiant
to the end.
After the retreat of Colonialism came the rise of Muslim
nationalism. African and Muslim nations emerged as small
but fiercely, independent states. These vigorously
nationalist states soon came under the influence and then
the control of western powers. The civilian rulers were
overturned and/or killed by military men, The military came
under American influence owing to the needs for weaponry
which were abundantly available from the Anglo-American
During the era of nationalism, Arab, African and South Asian
nationalism, peaceful Islamic movements emerged. This was
the first challenge to the hegemony of western powers.
Hasan al-Banna and Syed Qutb were most influential in the
Arab world and Maulana Maudoodi in South Asia. The Muslim
Brotherhood and Jamaate Islami attracted intellectuals and
The history changing point made by the Islamic movements was
that Islam is a COMPLETE WAY of LIFE. It does not need any
amendments borrowed from the West. The peaceful Islamic
movements were crushed by secular, nationalist rulers.
Al-Banna and Syed Qutb were martyred. Syed Maudoodi was
sentenced to death but reprieved in time only to be
repeatedly imprisoned by regime after regime. Muslim
Brotherhood was undermined and started cooperating with
Egyptian tyrants. Jamaate Islami too went into decline after
Maudoodi passed away. (It has re-emerged under the
leadership of Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Syed Munawar
Then came the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The people of
Afghanistan resisted the Soviets village by village. This
was the game changer. Jihad was to be the source of
revolution and transformation in the Muslim world.
Jihad becomes Global: In Egypt, blind hafiz of the Qur'an,
Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman, did his PhD thesis on Jihad from
al-Azhar. He wrote that Jihad is not Fard Kifayah but Fard
Ayn. If there is a Caliph, an Islamic ruler, jihad is Fard
kifayah [not obligatory] on the Islamic world, but if there
is no Islamic ruler, Jihad becomes obligatory on every
Muslim man, woman and child, if Muslim lands, such as
Palestine, are taken over by the kuffar, or if kafir
military forces attack Muslim countries [such as Iraq,
Afghanistan, Kashmir and Chechnya]. He taught that for every
man on the battlefield, support is needed from writers,
teachers, preachers, scholars, home makers, doctors, nurses,
scientists, researchers. The list goes on. If they are
supporting the fighters, they are all in jihad.
The Soviets retreated unilaterally from Afghanistan thus
setting the stage for the development of armed Islamic
struggle against dictatorship and imperialism around the
world. Osama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri entered the
border lands of Pakistan and Afghanistan and challenged the
might of America itself. The ten year sanctions on Iraq
which brought slow death to a million people, including many
children, according to UN figures, were followed by the 9.11
attacks on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers which
traumatized America. The torture chambers of Egypt mutilated
the lives of countless Islamic men and women. In turn Egypt
also produced Muhammad Atta who led the 9.11 attacks.
Torture does not defeat Islam.
At one point Iran emerged as an Islamic power under Imam
Khomeini but was mired in the conflict with Iraq for so long
that it lost its momentum and became a sectarian-nationalist
The U.S. invasion of Iraq proved to be the second turning
point in modern Islamic history. President Saddam Hussain
refused to surrender although Iraq had been greatly weakened
by sanctions and embargoes [in which Iran participated] The
Iraqi leader was captured after prolonged resistance. He
died a martyr with the Qur'an in his hand during the entire
mock trial and the kalima on his lips at the point of
execution. He never compromised.
Islamic forces known as Al-Qaida in Iraq now control parts
of Iraq and Baghdad. Other areas are under
Saddamist-Islamist rule. Iraq has been a bitter pill for
the US. Its forces have been kept within its heavily guarded
fortress towns for two years. One third of Iraq is under
Sh'ite rule who are divided into three groups, pro-US,
pro-Iran and nationalist, a recipe for internal Sh'ite
conflict even on days of pilgrimage.
In Africa too the situation has changed. Almost all of
Somalia is ruled by Shar'ia organized by al-Shabab. Algeria
is simmering with discontent as Islamic resistance under
al-Qaida has emerged quite forcefully. Nigeria in its
northern areas has opted for Sharia. Islamic forces such as
Bok Haram called for an end to all contacts with the West
and were drowned in a sea of blood by the Israeli-backed
Nigerian army. However Islam is too strong for the army to
destroy. Sudan has managed to remain independent and
relatively Islamic in spite of serious conspiracies in
Darfur under Israeli subversion.
The future of the Middle East will probably be decided with
the rise of a new Islamic movement in Egypt. The betrayal of
Islamic ideals by the Muslim Brotherhood and the recognition
of Israel has seriously harmed Egyptian integrity, but the
chances of Islamic revival are strong. Shaikh Omar Abdel
Rahman is being kept in prison to pre-empt such a
Turkey is emerging as an Islamic power. Slowly but steadily
it is taking leadership roles in the Muslim world. The US
could not attack Iraq from the north because more than 93%
of Turks opposed the war on Iraq. The Turkish sacrifices in
the flotilla to Gaza has helped the Muslims to see that some
of the greatest fighters in the world, the Turks, will be
in the ranks of Jihad in the not too distant future..
The removal of Israel from the Middle East is only a matter
of time. It can be done peacefully if the Muslims of the
world unite. The Jews can be sent home wherever they came
from as nicely as possible, just as Salahuddin sent the
crusaders packing. Once Americans realize that Israel is a
liability, a criminal, terrorist, racist, entity, Israel's
days will be numbered.
Is Peace Possible? The 4 keys to peace.
1. Communication. Without talking to its perceived enemies,
America cannot bring about peace. America is a world power
and should take the initiative for peace. This country has
unequalled resources and should not behave as if it is too
weak to talk to the Islamic resistance. Shaykh Osama has
tried to communicate with America in several of his
2. Self-Determination. Every country has the right to
determine its own future and its own system. Wherever
Muslims have had an opportunity to vote without foreign
controls, they have voted for the Islamic way of life.
That's how Pakistan came into being. The Algerians voted for
FIS. The Palestinians voted for Hamas. The Iranians voted
for Ahmedinejad. America should not take on itself the
Israeli agenda of the destruction of all Islamic
3. An end to American support for Israel and for dictators.
The Muslim world knows that Israel's crimes are committed
with the support of the US and with American weaponry. Till
today President Obama has not said a word about the Israeli
genocide in Gaza or in Lebanon. Muslims can see that the
torture regimes in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and
Pakistan are in bed with the White House. The people of
America have not voted for support for these rulers.
4. Withdrawal of occupation forces from Iraq and
Afghanistan, withdrawal of support for occupation of Kashmir
and end to collusion with anti-Muslim cliques and
subversives in Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria and Algeria.
Conclusion: Would these 4 steps end American influence?
Quite the contrary. America would become the most popular
country in the world. Islam is a global power. America is a
global power. Peaceful co-existence between the two, based
on the 4 points, would be a big plus for all of
For more on key issues in the Islamic struggle, including
the inside view of the Red Mosque and Jamia Hafsa leaders as
well as introduction to JI's new leader Syed Munawar Hasan,
read Dr. Siddique's recent book RETURN to PAKISTAN available
from New Trend online. Go to our web site and click on
Interview with Sis. Karima al-Amin by Nadrat Siddique
Excellent. Thank you so much! is Sis Karima available for
Nisa (Atlanta, GA)
Br. Kaukab's Article on Imam Bukhari & Turkish Speaking
Dear Brother, Asalamu Alaikum
Enjoyed reading your article on Imam Bukhari. His grave is
outside Samarqand. I was fortunate to visit both Bukhara and
Samarqand in 1993 when I was in Islamabad. I am attaching a
few photos for your record. The site is well maintained but
An interesting location in Samarqand is Registan Square.
Situated here are the abandoned buildings of what was once a
big Islamic University. The buildings were being renovated
just before the demise of the Soviets. The layout is
quadrangular and possibly were the models for Oxford,
Both Bukhara and Samarqand are Turkish speaking and located
In Uzbekistan. Tajiks speak Farsi. Azarbaijan is also
Your Article on Obama's Mosque Published in Jakarta Post
I have posted this comment on Jakarta Post: that after
destroying thousands of mosques in Palestine, Iraq and
Afghanistan, they want to build a multimillion dollar mosque
in New York. I copied Br. Siddique's whole article on this
mosque and got it pasted on their web site. Alhamdulillah,
they are good and there is really freedom of speech in
Sheikh Alikhan (Toronto, Canada)
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah's book Justifying Calculation for
Ramadan, rather than the Sunnah of Actual Sighting, is
Unsound and must be Rejected
Dear A. H. Sahib,
The book in my opinion is misleading, its premise
First, fard -e- kifayah, by whom and how many? Expert or
experienced sighters? Or one who goes out twice a year and
violates principles of meteorology and astronomy? The
bedouin and people of the previous generations were in tune
with the lunar, diurnal and solar or seasonal cycles. They
did not have to be trained, but now a city dweller who has
never done hilal sighting before walks up to a self-styled
fiqh council and gives testimony. Is that valid?. Previous
generation fuqaha called on scores if not hundreds to sight
the crescent. My intent her is not to make a case for
fard-e-ayn, but in times of fitan, like the present, one
could make such a case, especially when those in authority
appear to be egregiously violating the Sunnah.
Certainty by calculation makes little sense. If certainty
by calculation in determining the beginning of a month is
the intent and spirit of the Quran and Hadith as claimed by
Zulfiqar Ali then the moon can be sighted anytime with
certainty by the Naval observatory and other observatories.
Certainty is of three types, and here we are talking about
certainty by visualization (ayyn-el-Yaqqin) and that is the
most dependable form of certainty when dealing with the
creation of Allah. The crescent is the reflection from the
moon visible to humans on 29th of the Lunar month. The 30th
of the Lunar cycle does not concern us here, because that
is the limit prescribed by the Prophet (pbuh)and sightings
operate within those limitations, thus sighting of crescent
for the new month relates only to the29th. Before it is
sighted, the sighting on the 29th day, is a probability and
only becomes a certainty when actually sighted. I don't
think the intent is mechanical "Newtonian" certainty. If
certainty is intended, then one can sight the moon any
time, and if the visible crescent by calculation is intended
then one can use any part of the lunar cycle as the starting
date for the new month . Thus one can have proponents for
the full moon, new moon, quarter moon etc, all can be
calculated with certainty. So why be specific to the
crescent just after the new moon (conjunction)? So the
moment you deviate from the principle of the Sunnah of new
crescent sighting the doors of fitna are wide open. Thus you
may have egotistical calculators who advocate sects of new
mooners, quarter mooners, full mooners . After all the full
moon is pretty and there is strong poetic association with
it and so on. I hope that is not the intent of Zulfiqar Ali
Shah. But by accepting the 'certainty by calculation'
argument as intent of the Quran and Sunnah, then the
argument can be applied to any phase of the lunar cycle. Not
only that, we can arbitrarily divide the solar year and with
certainty provide the dates for various months without
reference to the the lunar cycle.
Modern day Muslims in aping other civilizations have
forgotten that time change exists in relation to at least
three natural time cyles, the diurnal cycle related to the
daily prayers, the revolutionary or seasonal cycle, related
to agriculture, commerce etc. it also influences the diurnal
cycle of long days and long nights etc, Southern and
Northern hemisphere etc. In addition there is the lunar
cycle. , which is ignored in the current way of industrial,
post-industrial societies, but has important links with
biological cycles. In fact, the only real time clock telling
you day of the month is the lunar cycle. Islam aims at the
lowest common technological denominator for ibadah. Any one
can practice Islam based on diurnal and lunar cycles,
without any instrumentation. Islamic ibadah is for all times
and many climes. Zulfiqar Ali's prescription further cuts us
from nature's cycles, prevents community decision making in
important festivals of the Muslims and produces unnecessary
dependence on a oligarchy of technocrats/scholars.
We currently keep in contact with time through several
mechanisms, the diurnal cycle by watch, the solar, seasonal
change by the solar calendar, the relationship to history
through a specific event or events (Hijri, CE, AD , BC,
Chinese, Iranian, Jewish etc) and by looking at the
thermometer, humidity, weather channel or Farmer's almanac
in relation to the meteorological cycle and phenomenon. The
lunar calendar is missing, because it is of no practical
interest to the modern urbanized dweller of capitalist
civilization. Muslims bend over backwards to ape and exclude
an important natural cyclical element in our lives,.
For all these and many other reasons Zuklfiqar Ali Shah's
book can be rejected .
Teepu Siddique, Chicago
Dr. A. H. wrote:
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullhi wa barakatuhu and Ramazaan
Mubarak to you and your family.
You have this as an introduction of a book by Dr Zulfiqar
"This book shatters the myth that naked-eye sighting of the
new moon and completing 30 days in the case of
weather-related or other obscurities are the only two valid
methods of determining the month of Ramadan. The author
explains that certainty, not actual sighting, is the real
objective of the Shari'ah and that the Qur'an does not
mandate physical sighting. A careful analysis shows that
those hadiths that seemingly require sighting actually
require certainty. The assertion that all Muslim scholars
prohibit the use of astronomical calculations, both in
affirming or negating the month of Ramadan, is not correct.
As calculation is now more accurate than naked-eye sighting,
due to certain astronomical and scientific advancements, the
use of calculation is the closest to the real objective of
the Shari'ah and to the spirit of the hadiths. [Paperback
Allah has ordered us thus: "Then whoever sights of you the
Baltimore Muslim Fired for Refusal to Shave Beard! A
Violation of Religious Freedom?
An Interview with Yusuf Robinson (Joseph Robinson)
By Sis. Ashira Na'im
For New Trend Magazine
August 9, 2010
Q: Mr. Robinson, am I understanding you correctly that you
were fired from your job as a security officer due to the
small "goatee" that I see you wearing now?
A: Yes, due to my not shaving my facial hair below my bottom
Q: Can you tell us how this occurred since you had been only
recently interviewed and hired. I believe you said you had
been fired after only about 3 days of work. Did you have
a beard when you went for the interview?
Q: Were you asked about it then?
A: I was informed that their policy is to shave but once
training is completed there should not be a problem.
Q: Do you mean a problem for whom?
A: For me.
Q: Will you tell us the relevant events of the 3-day
A: On Day 1, we were in training. We were warned (there were
several of us with facial hair) but the discussion was that
of policy and that a certain disciplinary procedure would be
followed, leading up to firing.
On Day 2, knowing that the trainer meant to fire me, I made
sure that I knew my rights and consulted with EEOC (Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission). I saw that my religious
right was upheld there. I found that they had to accommodate
me as long as it was reasonable. And since the company was
already making accommodations for medical reasons (such as
skin sensitive to shaving, etc.; so there should not have
been a problem accommodating me on religious grounds.
So, I went in and discussed that I would not be shaving my
beard based on my religious belief; and it was at that point
that the trainer informed me that he did not care about my
religious beliefs and that the company's policy had to be
I told him my understanding of the law is otherwise, and at
this point, he dismissed me, saying, "Get out until I get a
On Day 3, I continued the training sessions. After a special
presentation by a company Director, the Instructor called me
out of the session. He was accompanied by another instructor
and the Director. Basically, the policy was reiterated to me
and they gave me the opportunity to shave right then and
there. I refused. I stated my religious reasons and informed
them that I knew the federal law regarding accommodations
and exceptions based on religious reasons. They avoided this
discussion, continuing to hold to their policies and said
that if I could not hold to their policy, then I should
resign. I refused to resign, and we were at a standstill.
They talked among themselves and one of the instructors said
he had no problem firing me. He told me to make arrangements
to turn in my uniform, turn in my training materials and
turn in all materials pertinent to the training--"you are
being terminated." "Go to Human Resources."
Q: What was the purpose of going to Human Resources?
A: Only Allah knows.
Q: What discussion took place at the Human Resources
A: The Human Resources representative informed me that I was
not fired and should hold onto the uniform right now and
give her time to look into the issue. She said that the
issue was sensitive and they had to be careful because
privileges given to one person would have to be given to
everyone. I thanked her for her time and went home.
Q: Has anything occurred since that discussion?
A: After talking on the phone back and forth for about 2
weeks and her having nothing to say, on Friday, July 9, she
called and said the company would stick with its policy. I
told her I would get back with her.
Q: And what did you do then?
A: I filed my EEOC complaint and contacted CAIR. CAIR
contacted the President's Office of both Johns Hopkins and
the Company BSI (Broadway Services, Inc. - the
sub-contracting company under which I worked). I also filed
my concerns with a representative of Senator McCloskey's
Hadith Studies by Kaukab Siddique
Hadith Provide Facts on Hazrat 'Ayesha's Age
She Was a Mature Young Woman of Great Understanding and
(In recent days the abusive attacks on Hadith distributed on
the internet have gone out of all bounds. So much so that
the attackers in their insistence and excitement are
unknowingly attacking the Qur'an itself. One person on the
internet has been insisting to his opponent, if you think it
is Sunnah to marry so many women, why don't you do so
yourself. Evidently the Qur'an in Surah Ahzab makes it very
clear that the Prophet, pbuh, could marry many women, though
other Muslims are not allowed to marry more than 4 women and
that too in special circumstances. Also, women could and
would offer themselves to him. When the same thing appears
in the Hadith, these attackers start shouting abuses, not
knowing that the Hadith is only a reflection of the Qur'an,)
(The Prophet, pbuh, was not an ordinary person. In addition
to other dynamic qualities, he had tremendous sexual
vitality. One Hadith narrator wrote that the Prophet could
visit all his wives in one night. This has excited the
critics of Hadith because they have a very low opinion of
the Prophet, pbuh. They think his job was only to deliver
the book and that was it. They don't notice his jihad and
his all-night prayers. They have never been revolutionaries
or jihadists and they can't understand that the Prophet's
love and compassion was so powerful that women sought refuge
with him: In fact he had to stop them from offering
themselves to him in many instances.)
The Qur'an is the book of Allah, the perfect and complete
guidance. But a book, however great, needs human
interpretation and and human role models to make it of
practical use to human beings.
Human productions can never be perfect like the Qur'an but
the Islamic books of Hadith come the nearest that human
production can come to perfection. For instance, out of the
2531 hadith collected by Imam Bukhari about 4 or 5 can be
criticized and that also because of a misunderstanding of
the methodology of Hadith. This comes to a small decimal
point of error, if it can be called error.
In hadith, there are Hadith-e-Nabawi and hadith about the
sahaba and the times and age in which they lived. Also, Imam
Bukhari provides subheadings quoting the Qur'an as well as
headings about the issues under which he wanted to collect
He very honestly brought together Hadith narrated by people
of good character and with proper chains of narration. Books
of other religions do not have any comparable stringent
rules as he used to make sure of the narrations he
However, one weakness of hadith has to do with calendars and
time schedules because these were not so exactly available,
owing to the technology of that time, as they are now.
However the rules according to which Hadith should be read,
reduce this margin of error.
AN IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE OF HADITH STUDY is that Hadith on the
same subject should be brought together for understanding
the entire subject
One Hadith collected by Imam Bukhari which can be criticized
is that about hazrat 'Ayesha's age. INSTEAD OF MAKING SUCH A
HUE AND CRY OF ABUSE AGAINST HER AGE AS GIVEN IN ONE HADITH,
let's study the Hadith and find out more about hazrat
'Ayesha. And we do need this study because Ayesha Siddiqa
(ra) has played a key role in Islam and Islamic history.
The Prophet, pbuh, NEVER said that he married Ayesha, r.a.,
when she was 6 or 9. Nor did he EVER teach Muslims to marry
off their daughters at that age.
The narration about her age is not from him.
Here is a book review I wrote for New Trend magazine.
Inshallah, it will help those who want to KNOW WHAT HADITH
REALLY SAYS ABOUT HAZRAT 'AYESHA's AGE when she married the
Prophet (pbuh). I wrote it in 1989 but abusers attacking
Ayesha, r.a., pretend that it was never written which is an
attitude inexcusable under any system of scholarship.
Tahqeeq-e-'umar-e-Siddiqa-e- kainat (salamAllah alaiha) by
Allama Hafiz Qari Habibur Rahman Siddiqui Kandhalwi,
published in the Urdu language by Anjuman-e-Uswa-e-hasana
Karachi, Pakistan, 64 pages, no date.
This book is essential reading for those who want to know
the truth about the greatest personality of Islam after the
Prophet: 'Ayesha Siddiqa, on whom are Allah's blessings. I
first heard of this book in 1987 and finally a friend in
Karachi managed to find it and send it to me. It's a very
matter-of -fact and to-the-point book. Apart from the basic
material it provides about hazrat 'Ayesha's age, it is also
a good experience in learning to understand Hadith.
According to Bukhari's hadith, narrated by Hisham,
supposedly from hazrat 'Ayesha herself, she was only 6 years
old when the Prophet married her and only 9 years old when
she went to him as his wife! Another narration in Bukhari
from Hisham alleges that she was so young at the time of her
marriage that she took her dolls with her!
These narrations, being in Bukhari, are blindly accepted by
Muslims and are a staple of books about the life of hazrat
'Ayesha. Some people have exploited these hadith from Hisham
to support child marriages and arranged marriages.
Those who oppose hazrat 'Ayesha's role in Islam owing to
sectarian reasons have used these hadith to cast doubts on
the importance of her role in Islam. (What could such a
young female understand, they imply and sometimes say
Among "modern" doubters of Hadith, such narrations about
Hadith are another reason for poking fun at Hadith itself.
How could a sane, knowledgeable person think that a girl of
6 or 9 could have anything really important to teach about
Islam, they say.
Also this provided a cause for the enemies of Islam to
attack the personality of the Prophet himself who would
marry a child!
Most Muslims, however, pass over Hisham's narration about
hazrat 'Ayesha's age without comment, taking it for granted
just because it is in an authentic book of Hadith.
Allama Habibur Rahman's great achievement is that he has
brought evidence from the HADITH LITERATURE ITSELF to
correct Hisham's narrations without attacking Hadith as a
source of true knowledge. Thus Habibur Rahman is in the line
of the true scholars of Islam, starting with hazrat 'Ayesha
herself, who criticized Hadith narrations, NOT TO CONDEMN
HADITH as a source of Islam second only to the Qur'an but to
arrive at real authenticity.
Habibur Rahman carries out his attack on the basis of the
principles according to which Hadith should be understood.
For instance: one hadith by itself is not sufficient to
decide on a matter if there are related Hadith available in
other narrations. There are narrations in Bukhari itself,
for instance in Bukhari's kitabut tafseer, which show that
hazrat 'Ayesha was older than Hisham's narrations indicate.
Then there are Hadith in other books of Hadith about her
age, about her role and understanding at various points
during the Prophet's life, and about the age of other young
companions of the Prophet as compared to her age.
Habibur Rahman also brings in classical books of the study
of rijal (the narrators of Hadith after the sahaba) to make
his point. Finally, he brings proofs from the classical
books of history which, though not as strict in narration as
the books of Hadith, do provide details on the issue under
discussion. He then uses reasoning and physical facts to
prove his point.
The conclusion he comes to is that at the time hazrat
'Ayesha went to the Prophet as his wife, she was at least 19
years old and there is a possibility that she was 25. At the
time of her marriage she was at least 16.
During the course of his investigation, Habibur Rahman gives
22 arguments or proofs, and also provides some facts which
are known to very few owing to the generally careless
reading of Hadith. It is well-known, for instance, that in
the battle of Uhud, hazrat 'Ayesha participated in helping
the wounded and carrying water to the injured.
What is not so well known is that 'Ayesha Siddiqa, whom
Allah has exalted in the Qur'an (Sura Noor), was the only
female Islamic participant in the battle of Badr. This the
writer proves from an authentic hadith in Sahih Muslim.
And which Muslim does not know the status of those who
participated in the battle of Badr! No wonder hazrat 'Umar
(as Caliph) gave a bigger stipend to hazrat 'Ayesha than to
anyone else in the Prophet's family. Some people are
malicious enough to accuse 'Umar (ra) of favoritism to his
daughter's friend; others claim that it was because she was
most beloved of the holy Prophet. Now we know that 'Umar
(always strictly just) was giving her more simply because of
her participation in Badr, because he placed the people of
Badr over all others.
After reading Habibur Rahman's book, one wonders why Muslims
ignore the facts which are before their very eyes. For
example, could the Prophet, pbuh, have said this of a
12-year-old girl? (He was consoling Bashr ibn Uqraba who was
weeping over the martyrdom of his father in the battle of
Uhud. The Prophet said to Bashr:
"Wouldn't you like to have me as your father and 'Ayesha as
your mother?" (Could he have said that of a 12-year -old?)
Of course many readers ignore the fact that 14-year old
males were not allowed by the Prophet to participate in the
battle of Badr. Could he have allowed "10-year-old" 'Ayesha
to do so?
As the Allama very rightly pointed out, 'Ayesha (ra) was not
one to play with dolls. She played with swords and her
participation in battles was the result of her youthful
training in battle arts.
She was a young woman when she came to Madina and she knew
the entire gamut of classical Arabic poetry which she
recited when she visited Bilal and her father Abu Bakr
(Allah be pleased with both) who fell sick soon after
arriving in Madina.
The Allama's comparison of the ages of Fatima, Asma, Osama
(Allah be pleased with them) with that of 'Ayesha from
authentic narrations leaves no doubt that he is correct and
Hisham's narration is incorrect. About Hisham, the Allama
documents that he became weak in his narrations when he
moved to Iraq in his 71st year. That's when he narrated
about hazrat 'Ayesha and her dolls. His Iraqi narrations are
not accepted by Imam Malik who accepted his earlier ones.
There are indications that old age and other factors had
their impact on Hisham.
From tasa' ushra (19 in Arabic), he forgot or managed to
drop 'ushra, thus keeping hazrat 'Ayesha's age as 9!
My understanding is that Allah brought hazrat 'Ayesha into
the Prophet's household at the age when she was in the prime
of youth, intelligence and ability, so that through her the
Prophet, pbuh, could educate the young people of all times
to come. She was more his friend and companion rather than
just his wife. (They had no children.) HER HISTORIC MISSION
FROM ALLAH WAS TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF FEMALE SLAVERY and to
provide a frank and honest portrait of the Messenger's
private and personal life to the billions of human beings
who would follow the uswa of Muhammad (peace and blessings
be on him) as commanded by the Qur'an, for all times to
There can be little doubt that the Example of 'Ayesha (whom
Allah has exalted) is an essential part of the example of
Muhammad (salAllaho alaihi wassalam).
This article originally appeared in New Trend magazine, July
2010-08-18 Wed 04:22:37 cdt